Thursday, December 25, 2008

CHRISTMAS

Christmas is derived from the word "Christ's Mass" and Christmas Day is mostly celebrated by Christians. Christmas day falls on the 25th of December every year. It is to honour the birth of Jesus of Nazareth-(Matthew:1:18). The main activity are giving of gifts, church celebrations, decoration of Christmas tree with lights, mistletoe, nativity, turkey dinner and good old Santa Claus!. Christmas has become too commercialize and is a major event for many retailers in shopping malls. Tonight i celebrated Christmas and had dinner at my brother's house. Overall the food was good and my two young nephews had a field time opening their presents.

The brightly decorated Christmas tree.

The nativity was very creatively done.

Appetizer-crab stick sushi with avocado.

Minestrone soup-full of vegetables and gammon - warm and tasty-elegant in flavor.

Gravad Lax (Swedish marinated salmon)-marinated with salt, black pepper, vodka and dill-silky smooth but a bit salty -lovely texture.

Stir fry Brussels sprout with prawns-wholesome and crunchy.

Stuffed Pork Belly-goes well with the apple sauce-silky and sweet- eaten thinly sliced-meaty.

Baked Salmon with dill sauce- pan seared then oven cooked -no fishy aftertaste-pink and moist.

Roast turkey-with no stuffing-was marinated in brine for 6 hours- i had the thigh portion which was tender and the skin was crisp but the breast meat looks tough and lean.

Brown sauce for the turkey meat-a bit diluted.

Special Prawn Macaroni pasta-was creamy and cheesy but the prawn was not fresh.

Baked cauliflower with cheese -crust was well browned- cauliflower was a bit soft and soggy.

Baked potatoes-golden crust-high in carbohydrate and very calorific!


5 comments:

Thumbbook said...

Greetings from Foodista!
Just dropping by to wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2009! Cheers! www.foodista.com

Lori Lynn said...

Wow! What a feast!
Love the nativity and the lighting there.
And that pork belly looks great, save some for me!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Lori Lynn

foodbin said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to both of you

Helen said...

Great food...i should get some of those recipes.I lived in Malaysia for a couple of months too..east and west...missed the food and the mall.
That Christmas tree is so jolly too.
Have a Prosperous New Year!

Genie said...

A true feast! I rarely enjoy the turkey over the holidays unless it is deep fried or unless we are fortunate enough to have a wild turkey. The breast meat on store bought turkey is nearly always bland and uninteresting with terrible texture. You were wise to go with a thigh!

It never once occurred to me to stir-fry brussels sprouts! Or to do something so fabulously beautiful with pork belly! I'm in awe.

I'm intrigued by the salmon your brother served. I like it raw but I don't enjoy it smoked at all and so often people give us smoked salmon. The Gravad Lax sounds quite tasty though!